WALL CLOCK Johann Cristoph Hein, Sprottau Dated 1734 Germany
Signed: Johann Cristoph Hein, Sprottau
A German iron striking wall clock, a so-called Kuhschwanzuhr, made in 1734. The circular iron dial has a pewter chapter ring with a velvet-covered centre and is surmounted by a pierced and engraved gilt brass ornament, showing a crown at the top. The time is indicated by a pair of pierced and engraved brass hands. The day-going, weight-driven, brass-plated movement, which is housed in a painted iron case, has going and striking trains. The going train has verge escapement with a short pendulum mounted in front of the dial (Kuhschwanz – ‘cow’s tail’). The hour striking train is regulated by a countwheel and indicates the hours on a bell behind the front ornament. The clock is signed and dated on the front plate, Johan Christoph Heijn Sprottau 1734.
Duration 8 days
Height 23 cm
Depth 8 cm
Width 15 cm
-J. Abeler, Meister der Uhrmacherkunst, Wuppertal, 2010, p. 229
Johann Christoph Hein, is recorded as a clockmaker working in Sprottau in the first half of the eighteenth century. Sprottau was situated in Silesia in Prussia, now in Poland and called Szprotawa.